According to the latest data revealed on Friday, it has been found out that the fertility rate in the United States has hit a historically low number. This means that women are giving fewer birth now that ever before.
The data has caused many to fear that the country is heading towards a “national emergency”, causing economic and cultural turmoil, according to Fox News reports.
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s provisional 2016 population data, the number of births this year, in comparison to last year, fell about 1 percent, which brought the fertility rate in the US down to 62 births per 1,000 women between the age of 15 to 44.
The report stated that the number of teenage girls and women in their 20s giving birth has decreased in comparison to the previous years. The data also showed that the birthrate among women in their 30s and 40s showed a gain, however it was not sufficient to prevent the overall decline of the birth rate.
A professor of population, family and reproductive health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Donna M. Strobino, said that the declining rate could be because of millennial women who are postponing their pregnancy. However, others believe that most of the young women are choosing to not have children altogether.
“What this is is a trend of women becoming more educated and more mature. I’m not sure that’s bad,” Strobino said.
The United States however still has a higher fertility rate in comparison to many other developed nations. There are also more births recorded in the nation when compared to the number of deaths.
However, people should not be alarmed because of the low fertility rate in the US. Demographer William Frey told The Washington Post that when the economy takes a turn for the good, more women will choose to have babies.